Seat belt and child restraint usage in NSW, October-November, 1990

The 'Seat Belt and Child Restraint Usage in NSW, October-November, 1990' survey was for the first time conducted by an outside consultant on behalf of the Roads and Traffic Authority. The Major findings from the survey were: Overall, the wearing rates have increased significantly since 1989, and in total 92.4% of all vehicle occupants in NSW wore an available restraint. This increase is in line with the trend over the past 5 years. Drivers continue to have the highest wearing rates (94.9%), and given that 65% of occupants are drivers, this reflects a very high level of restraint wearing amongst occupants. Whilst rear seat adult passengers have comparatively low restraint wearing rates (68.6%), only 4.6% of all occupants fall into this category. The overall road safety problem from their low wearing rates is therefore small. Child wearing rates are higher in the rear seat (84.7%) than the front seat (82.0%), however 80.0% of children travel in the rear seat. There is clearly scope for efforts to be made to increase restraint wearing rates amongst rear seat child occupants. Children aged 5-8 years have the lowest correct wearing rate for children (59.8%), whilst children aged 6-12 months have the highest, at 86.9%. Wearing rates in taxis are far below the level of non-taxis, especially for drivers. Sydney taxi drivers had a wearing rate of 10.4%, while in NSW Country, 4.4% of taxi drivers wore an available seat belt (A).

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA). Road Safety Bureau

  • Publication Date: 1991-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 39p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: RN 3/91

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01432315
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 073056312X
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 4:56PM